“The heat came late this year; prior to mid-June, we’d only hit triple-digits a few times in the Coachella Valley. I’m certainly not complaining; the cooler temperatures have been ideal for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, for sure.

But scorching summer heat is inevitable, so per usual at this time of year, we need to discuss how to stay cool when hiking in the high heat; how to plan and prepare for your hike; and the importance of staying hydrated before, during and after your hike.

REI’s Expert Advice column offers great advice for hiking in the hot weather, including tips on planning when and where to hike, what clothing to wear, and how to protect yourself from sunburn, dehydration, overhydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Do you know it can take 10-14 days to acclimate to high heat?…”

Whitewater Preserves

[Read the full article at cvindependent.com]